Earth Day 2017 a Big Success!

A huge thank you to everyone who came to our Earth Day plant sale, and who volunteered with planting, mulching, raking  stone and cleanup at the park! We also thank the volunteers at the plant sale, and those leading the activities! Continuing Malcolmson Eco-Park is made possible by all of you! We especially thank Mike Anderson who has been the City representative working with the Friends Advisory Committee since 1992. He has been very supportive and contributed immensely to the creation and development of the park. We will miss him and wish him well in retirement! Groups that participated on
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New Studies on the Forest and Water Bodies!

2 teams of students from Niagara College, under the leadership of Josh Diamond, acting Chair of the Friends, have completed studies on the forest, and on the water bodies at the park. This is the first time that such inventories have been done, and will provide vital data to create a baseline for understanding the characteristics and health of these parts of the park. For a summary of the study findings, please see the latest issue, #18 of the Pin Oak newsletter. Congratulations and thanks to Josh and his team!  
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Port Weller School Enviro Club at the Park

           On Tuesday Feb. 7, the birds that live in Malcolmson Eco-Park were treated to pine cones covered with lard and seeds to add to their winter food supply. The Port Weller School enviro club made and hung these pine cones in the Learning Area section. Then, they took an hour walk through the park, led by their teachers Katie and Sue. They asked lots of questions, and were very observant of animal and bird habitat, and tree species. Its great to see that they are learning a lot about the natural world. We have invited their club to join in
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Thank You TD Environment Fund for New Sign!

Thanks to the generous support of TD Friends of the Environment, we have replaced the damaged amphibian wetland sign with a  new one more resistant to vandalism. !  The new location, just outside the forest by the first path heading east, is more visible so will be less tempting to graffiti artists. Also thanks to Harris Signs of St. Catharines for the great graphics on the sign. The wetland is dry now after a long hot summer, but will be wet and vibrant next spring with frogs, toads and marsh plants. Irises, reeds, and grasses were planted in November by students from Niagara
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Fall Colours 2016

Have you been to the park this fall to enjoy the gorgeous fall colours of the forest? Notice the shrubs along the east trail at the north end. There are many native Eastern Wahoo shrubs, about 4-6 ft tall. This is a Carolinian shrub, that gets bright pink fruits in the fall. Deer eat the leaves and tender shoots. Birds like Cardinal, Brown Thrasher, Easter Bluebird, and Northern Flicker eat the fruits.
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Port Weller School environmental club visit

  On April 27, the Port Weller school environmental club came to the park for an adventure !  The students, parents, and teacher, Katie Wood, planted prairie grasses and wildflowers in the open area. They saw some migrating birds, and heard about plants, insects and birds that can be seen in the park. We really appreciate their contribution to growing more native plants in the park, for habitat and food for native insects and birds. Hopefully they will come again! You can see the students thank you card  below. MalcolmsonStudentThanks  
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Fun on Earth Day 2016

Our volunteers worked hard mulching trees, planting wildflowers and cleaning up. The plant sale had lots of happy customers, and it was a great sunny day too!   A sincere thanks to everyone who joined us on Earth day this year!
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Upcoming Events

 Annual Earth Day Activities and Native Plant Sale Event April 22, 2017 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Native Plant Sale and Volunteer Activity Day May  13, 2016 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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Calling All Nature lovers!

To  Everyone who values our beautiful Niagara environment and wants to protect it for the future !  We invite you to join the Friends of Malcolmson Eco-Park in restoring and protecting the native plants and wildlife that live in or visit the park. Our volunteer group needs help to do planning, and  projects/activities in the park. No experience or training is needed, just some of your time and energy.  Contact our co chairs at: reflect@vaxxine.com, or jkdiamond@sympatico.ca. Come to a group meeting – next one is March 16, 6-8 pm. at the Recreation Services building on Geneva. St. Come out to
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Thanks to TD Friends of Environment

Thanks to another grant from TD Friends of the Environment, for 2015, we were able to remove invasive plants and replant an acre of prairie into native grasses and wildflowers. We also replanted an area in the southeast corner with Carolinian trees and shrubs. This area used to flood, and the City improved the drainage in 2013. We are pleased to establish more habitat for bees, butterflies, and birds.   
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